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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 27, 2011 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Three must-reads from this year:

"The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.
One of the best debut novels I've ever read. A baseball book that will automatically thrill lovers of the game and yet will be equally compelling for people who would be hard-pressed to name even three MLB teams. Must-read.

"When the Killing's Done", by TC Boyle.
Every book he writes should be read. The most exciting author working today. This novel pits two environmentalists who would otherwise be on the same side against each other because one thinks the other isn't radical enough. Raises very compelling questions about how much or even if humans should mess with the prey-predator dynamics in the animal world to save the eco-systems they inhabit.

"The Submission", by Amy Waldman.
A blind-submission contest is held for architects and designers to create a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in NYC. A beautiful garden design is chosen by the committee and everyone is thrilled until the winning name is revealed: Mohammed Kahn. The ensuing firestorm of public and political reaction seems so real you can hardly believe the book is a work of fiction. No easy answers provided by the author--one of the deepest and most intelligent novels you'll ever read.